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Female emancipation has taken many forms, but few as gaudy and violent as the breakthrough largely pioneered by Mae Young, better known as "the Great Mae Young," superstar of the first generation of professional women wrestlers in the US, who conclusively gave the lie to generalisations about the gentler sex. In sport records are made to be broken, but Young's feat of appearing professionally in eight different decades may never be surpassed.

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Sir: The Royal Opera House audiences are certainly not all "plutocratic diva devotees" (leading article, 13 October). If your leader writer had mingled regularly with the keen music lovers in the amphitheatre as well as other areas of the house, he would have seen that they were ordinary people in ordinary dress from all walks of life, there simply to enjoy the superb performances.

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